Refusal to rehabilitate puts recovery rates at risk
Companies at, or nearing, insolvency have more options for rehabilitation in this recession than they did during the downturn of the early 1990s. But there are worrying signs that they are not getting the help that they might, damaging recovery rates for lenders.
Consensus estimates for leveraged loan default rates in the current downturn slump have now risen to around 10%, but, worse, the highly levered, covenant-lite structures that were favoured in the 2005-2007 leveraged buyout boom are likely to deliver low recovery rates.
Some covenants are so loose that lenders
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